Every year for the holidays we decorate our ficas tree with tags I’ve made for it and some faux crystals set in front of a garland of twinkle lights in the windows. This year, in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Ct. I felt it was important to acknowledge how this act has changed us moving forward by making some prayer tags to add to the tree.
I cannot help but believe that the isolation created by our technologically driven society has contributed toward this horrific event. While I embrace technology for it’s wonders, I also realize that the culture has shifted and many people are less in touch with each other personally and are using social media as their primary means of communication. I would like to believe someone could have seen the desperation in this young man’s life and sounded an alert so that he could get help. I would like to believe that we do notice each other, that we smile, that we shake hands, that we hug, but I do fear that technology is taking much of the personal interaction away. We blog, we facebook, we text, we tweet. It’s time for us to spend more time and meet. To make those connections that feed us, make us less afraid, make us appreciate our humanity, our alikeness, our souls.
So my prayers for these families and for all of us to are to acknowledge each other, to accept that mental illness affects so many and take the stigma away, to shift the culture away from isolation and bring us into connection and community. And to send our own love out into the universe so that it can be felt by others around us. I wish you all love and peace.
Please go visit Diana Trout’s new facebook page her and see what other artists in this wonderful community are doing…https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prayer-Flags-for-Newtown/188127127992478